Garage destroyed as family took cover

Tornado damage in the Haughey neighborhood. (July 7, 2014)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — One family in a Wyoming neighborhood took shelter just before a tornado tore through Sunday night.

“It was really scary,” said resident Jean Hulst, a resident of Haughey Street, between US-131 and Division Avenue near 54th Street.

“We had to get all of the kids up and went into the basement, and we were all saying, ‘Thankfully, we are alive,” neighbor Trina Haugen said.

Brian Johnson got his family — including two young daughters — only moments before the worst of the storm came through.

“When I grabbed the baby, as I was just hitting the front door there, the glass broke behind me,” he said. “Didn’t know what it was, so I just threw the kids down the basement.”

The family waited out the storm downstairs. None of them were hurt.

“We heard it go over and it got done, and I looked out and the garage was just gone,” he said.

Johnson was amazed at how many things from the garage remained sitting where it had stood. But a lot of his belongings were in his neighbors’ yards.

“Everything that was behind the garage is four houses down, everything in the attic of the garage is four houses down. It’s crazy,” Johnson said.

Trees were down across the road all day Monday, leaving residents stranded. One uprooted tree pulled the cement sidewalk up with it.

“We woke up this morning and it was like, wow. All we were saying is wow,” Haugen said.

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